Argument Over Stray Cat Leads to Stabbing in Newark

James Severa, 46, was arrested and confessed to police that he stabbed his stepfather who had threatened to kill the cat, police said.

James Severa
James Severa
A man was arrested on suspicion of stabbing his stepfather in Newark on Sunday afternoon after an argument over a stray cat, according to police.
Officers responded to a report of a stabbing in the block of 36700 Munyan Street around 12:20 p.m. Sunday, police said.
Arriving officers found a 63-year-old man with multiple stab wounds to his face and neck, according to police. The suspect, later identified as 46-year-old James Severa, exited the home as officers arrived and was taken into custody, police said.
Severa confessed to stabbing his stepfather with a large kitchen knife, according to police. Severa told officers they were in the middle of an argument about a stray cat Severa supposedly adopted and his stepfather threatened to kill the pet, police said.

The victim was transported a hospital for wounds that were not considered life-threatening, according to police. Severa was booked into county jail on suspicion of attempted murder.

—By Bay City News
Cheryl May 21, 2014 at 11:19 AM
I'm thinking that their issues run deeper than the cat.
Zinn May 21, 2014 at 01:19 PM
Ms. Johnson please edit the first sentence of this report from stabbing to stabbed..
Jordan "The Captain" Moller May 21, 2014 at 08:56 PM
Wasn't this the same picture of the guy who was stopped for a traffic violation, and had a collapsible baton on him? If not, it's his twin brother.
Virginia Hammer May 22, 2014 at 07:09 PM
Zinn: ?? (I was an English teacher for yrs.; ... Not feelin' your bizarre sense of grammar here, m' man - ??; jes' sayin' ...) - Hate to say it, but anyone willing to stick up for an innocent, hungry cat over a poor, somewhat-mean-spirited-SEEMING stepdad - (Who can know the lurid details, obv.'ly --- Oy, poor over-populated goofballs that we all are now, we human whackjobs, on this polluted planet) ... I'm not willing to condemn Mr. Knife Slasher (OK; THIS we can't have!! - Oy yoy YOY) 100% outright ... At least: 1 feels for this pain, poor, unstable schmuck ... 99.9% of the 'pore,' beleaguered, WhackBawlle World Male Population need such a serious SELF-HELP program in Anger Mgt. now ... SOME positive alternative to Acting {Out} like a jerque-off -- eh, what? - Try to BREATHE & THINK it thru, men -- Oy ... A start - & we DO have WORDS in the Engl. (or other) lang ... Not all swear-words, either ... Who knew ... xo VCH & Midlantic Theatre Co., Renaissance Newark, NJ
Eye Onyx May 26, 2014 at 05:08 AM
Poor guy was just protecting his cat. I would do the same thing to anyone trying to kill my cat. The attempted murder bit is BS on this one. Sometimes protecting a life takes extreme measures.


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